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Board reinstates 2 fired Albuquerque officers

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s personnel board has voted to reinstate two fired Albuquerque police officers with back pay and benefits The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Ipu1C7) that the panel voted unanimously Wednesday to rehire Russell Perea and Mark Wilson. Perea was fired in August for being untruthful about his involvement...

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District attorney challenger restored to ballot

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court is allowing a Democratic primary election challenger on the ballot against Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Albuquerque lawyer...

NM agency to develop teacher evaluation changes

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration will develop a new system this summer for evaluating the performance of teachers and principals partly based on student achievement. The Public Education Department will propose regulations...

Court hears election challenge to GOP legislator

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is considering an election challenge that could knock a Republican legislator off the ballot. The court heard arguments in the case Wednesday but will issue a decision later. At issue is whether Rep. Dianne...

'Quiet cars' a hit on NM's Rail Runner

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A pilot program designating some cars on New Mexico’s Rail Runner Express trains as quiet zones is a hit with passengers. The cars have been on two weekday commuter trains in each direction since January. Quiet car etiquette bars...

2 bodies found in New Mexico still unidentified

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say they still can’t identify the bodies of two people found in a burned-out vehicle on Pajarito Mesa. At a news conference Wednesday, county Sheriff Dan Houston says an accelerant was probably...

Ex-Guardsman from Texas guilty in NM teen sex try

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former National Guard recruiter in Lubbock, Texas, has pleaded guilty in a teen sex sting case set up by police in New Mexico. Jeffrey Neal Jackson pleaded guilty to a coercion and enticement of a minor charge in a plea agreement...

NM National Guard leader resigns post

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico National Guard has resigned his post after nine years on the job. Maj. Gen. Kenny Montoya says in a statement released by Gov. Susana Martinez’s office that he believes Martinez should be free to select...

Las Cruces man who strangled puppy gets 2½ years

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man who pleaded guilty to extreme cruelty to animals for strangling his 4-month-old puppy after stepping on its throat has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison. Richard McCord was given credit for more than a year of...

2 burned bodies found in car in Albuquerque

April 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the discovery of two burned bodies found inside a charred car in Albuquerque. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says the bodies were discovered on the southwest mesa Tuesday morning....